About: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Global Europe 15-05-2022

Ukraine wages counteroffensive against Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Saturday (14 May), in what could prove a serious setback for Moscow's plans to capture the entire Donbas region.
Global Europe 27-04-2022

Putin agrees to UN, Red Cross help to evacuate civilians from Mariupol steel plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed "in principle" to UN and International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) involvement in the evacuation of civilians from a besieged steel plant in Ukraine's southern city of Mariupol, the UN said on Tuesday.
Global Europe 26-04-2022

Turkish philanthropist Kavala jailed for life, activists protest

Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala was jailed for life without parole on Monday after he was convicted of trying to overthrow the government by financing protests, in a case that Europe's top court and Western powers say is politically motivated.
Global Europe 25-04-2022

Ukraine calls for heavy arms as top US officials make Easter visit

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Kyiv late on Sunday (24 April) and held talks President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, an aide to the Ukrainian leader said, as Russia's invasion entered a third month.
Europe's East 28-03-2022

Ukraine insists on territorial integrity as Turkey talks loom

With peace talks between Russia and Ukraine set to take place in Turkey this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insisted on the territorial integrity of his country after earlier suggesting he was ready for a compromise.
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Second Abramovich superyacht docks in sanctions-free Turkey

A second superyacht linked to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich docked in a Turkish resort on Tuesday (22 March) and sources familiar with the discussions said he and other wealthy Russians were looking to invest in Turkey given sanctions elsewhere.
Global Europe 14-03-2022

Turkey, Greece agree to improve ties amid Ukraine conflict

Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed in talks on Sunday (13 March) to improve ties, despite the long-running disagreements between the two NATO members, Ankara said.
Global Europe 09-03-2022

Turkey and Israel aim to move on from years of tension

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is set to meet his Turkish counterpart in the presidential palace in Ankara in an effort to restore ties between the two countries. Herzog is the first Israeli leader to visit Turkey since 2008.
Global Europe 07-03-2022

A tangled web for Turkey in Russia’s war with Ukraine

As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its second week, Turkey finds itself in an unenviable position, entangled geographically, economically, politically, and militarily with the war’s protagonists, writes Henri J Barkey.  
Global Europe 07-03-2022

Erdogan urges Putin to declare Ukraine ceasefire and make peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (6 March) urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.
Global Europe 01-03-2022

US thanks Turkey for shutting down Black Sea straits for warships

Turkey is calling on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to respect an international pact on passage through the Turkish straits to the Black Sea, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying after Ankara closed access.
Global Europe 01-03-2022

Erdogan discusses Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Lukashenko

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office said early on Tuesday (1 March) that he held a phone call with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko to discuss developments in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two premiers discussed ceasefire talks between Russia...
Global Europe 21-02-2022

Turkey’s opposition leader looks to emerge from Erdogan’s shadow

A veteran Turkish politician who has struggled for years to have Erdoğan voted out of office says that his dream is drawing nearer, even as doubts remain whether he will be the main opposition candidate at the 2023 presidential elections.
Media 10-02-2022

Turkey says DW, VOA, Euronews must obtain licences or have access blocked

Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has given three international news agencies 72 hours to obtain an operating licence or else have access to their platforms blocked, one of its members said on Wednesday (9 February).
Global Europe 04-02-2022

Erdogan says Turkey, Israel can jointly bring gas to Europe

Turkey and Israel can work together to carry Israeli natural gas to Europe and the two countries will discuss energy cooperation during talks next month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying on Friday (4 February).
Global Europe 03-02-2022

NATO says Russia to have 30,000 troops on drills in Belarus, north of Ukraine

NATO said on Thursday (3 February) Russia had stepped up deployments to Ukraine's northern neighbour Belarus in recent days and was expected to have 30,000 troops there for joint military exercises this month.
Global Europe 02-02-2022

Erdogan seeks payoff from Russia-US clash on Ukraine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will try to leverage his strategic position in NATO and his rapport with Russia's Vladimir Putin when he visits Kyiv on Thursday (3 January) in a bid to head off war in Ukraine.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia, Ukraine warm to Turkey helping ease tensions

Both Russia and Ukraine are open to the idea of Turkey playing a role to ease tensions between the two countries, as proposed by Ankara in November, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Thursday (20 January).
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Erdogan tells EU envoys bloc ignored Turkey’s efforts to improve ties

President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday told ambassadors from the European Union that the bloc had not provided meaningful support in battling migration and that it had not reciprocated Turkey's efforts to improve relations.
Global Europe 29-12-2021

Turkey offers to mediate in Bosnian crisis ‘to ensure stability’

Turkey is ready to act as a mediator in Bosnia's crisis and will do what it can to ensure stability, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday (28 December), amid concerns over separatist moves by Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik.
Global Europe 21-12-2021

Turkey’s crisis rattles the faithful in Erdogan’s heartland

Turkish President’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s single-handed policies have triggered a 56% fall in the lira this year and driving up the cost of living for ordinary Turks. Nevertheless, Erdoğan's party still enjoys more support than any other.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Council of Europe to discipline Turkey over jailed activist

The Council of Europe said Friday (3 December) it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, triggering a procedure used only once before in the organisation's history.
Global Europe 26-11-2021

Turkey holds first Kavala hearing after row with Western allies

A Turkish court on Friday (26 November) will hold the latest hearing in the trial of philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala, whose case provoked a diplomatic tussle between Ankara and its Western allies after they called for his immediate release.
Global Europe 25-11-2021

Erdogan unbowed by critics, leaving little stopping lira’s collapse

Little stands in the way of Turkey's currency collapse expanding into a deeper economic crisis after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ignored appeals, even from within his government, to reverse policy, according to top officials and analysts.